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  1. (grammar) The presence of two or more classes of inflection in the inflectional paradigm of a noun, verb, etc


Usage notes[edit]

  • An example from Italian is the alternation of inflection and gender in nouns such as braccio. Most nouns in -o are masculine and form plurals in -i, while most nouns ending in -a are feminine and form plurals in -e. Braccio has two plurals, a feminine plural in braccia and a masculine plural in bracci, and these two plurals apply to different meanings of the word.

The Italian verb andare, with forms such as andiamo as well as vado, is an example of suppletion. English examples are be, with inflected forms is and was, and go with past tense went.